CPS Returns to Polygamous Sect's Ranch in Search of Children

Staff Report

The Associated Press

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) - Child Protective Services workers went back to the West Texas ranch of a polygamist sect after receiving information that there may be more children living there.

CPS spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner (MIZE-ner) said Wednesday workers went to make initial inquiries and are now conferring with law enforcement.

Guy Jessop, standing guard at the main gate of a ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, said two CPS workers accompanied by a sheriff's deputy asked whether they could come on to the ranch to look for more children. Jessop denied them access without a search warrant.

Jessop and FLDS spokesman Rod Parker said they didn't believe there were any children at the 1,700-acre ranch.

CPS seized more than 460 children from the Yearning For Zion ranch last month, believing the children were being forced into underage marriages and sex.